DILG re­minds vil­lage ex­ecs to hold barangay as­sem­blies

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! - EPARTMENT of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov ern­ment (DILG) Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Año has re­minded all the barangay of­fi­cials of their re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­duct a barangay as­sem­bly and re­port their ac­com­plish­ments and plans to their con­stituents.

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Año said barangay of­fi­cials are man­dated by Sec­tion 397 of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code of 1991 or the Repub­lic Act No. 7160 to hold a barangay as­sem­bly every March and Oc­to­ber.

Vil­lage chiefs are ex­pected to de­liver their State of Barangay Ad­dress dur­ing these as­sem­blies to high­light their ac­com­plish­ments and fi­nan­cial re­ports as well as re­port on the newly-en­acted barangay or­di­nances and plans, pro­grams and pro­jects for the year.

“Wa­long buwan na po mula nang ma­ha­lal kayo ng in­y­ong mga botante. Sana po’y meron na kay­ong mak­ab­u­luhang naisakatu­parang pro­grama, proyekto o or­di­nansa at mga planong iu­u­lat ninyo sa in­y­ong ko­mu­nidad,” said Año.

(It has been eight months since you got elected to of­fice. Hope­fully, you have im­ple­mented pro­grams, pro­jects or or­di­nances which you can re­port to your com­mu­nity.)

He said they are also en­cour­aged to re­port barangay com­pli­ance to na­tional laws and is­suances such as the func­tion­al­ity of the Barangay An­tiDrug Abuse Coun­cils (Badac), the seg­re­ga­tion and col­lec­tion of solid wastes and the cre­ation of Barangay Eco­log­i­cal Solid Waste Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (BESWMC), ob­ser­vance of Barangay Full Dis­clo­sure Pol­icy, and reg­is­tra­tion of do­mes­tic work­ers in the Reg­istry of Do­mes­tic Work­ers in the barangay as or­dered by Batas Kasam­ba­hay.

Año said they are also ex­pected to dis­cuss the con­sti­tu­tion and or­ga­ni­za­tion of barangay-based in­sti­tu­tions namely the Barangay De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (BDC), Barangay Peace and Or­der Com­mit­tee (BPOC), Barangay Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee, Lupong Ta­ga­pa­mayapa, Barangay Coun­cil for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren (BCPC), and Vi­o­lence against Women (VAW) Desk.

Those who are al­lowed to at­tend the said as­sem­bly are the res­i­dents of the barangay for at least six months, 15 years old and above, cit­i­zens of the Philip­pines and duly reg­is­tered in the list of barangay as­sem­bly mem­bers.

Un­der Procla­ma­tion No. 599 signed by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte in Oc­to­ber 2018, Satur­days and Sun­days of March and Oc­to­ber of every year have been des­ig­nated as barangay as­sem­bly days.

Año also urged the lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives to make use of so­cial me­dia to reach more peo­ple dur­ing their as­sem­bly.

He said they can go live on Face­book or Twit­ter us­ing the hash­tag #barangayassem­bly2019 while de­liv­er­ing their re­ports.

Año warned barangay of­fi­cials who will fail to con­duct such an­nual as­sem­bly that they may face ad­min­is­tra­tive charges which may be filed by any res­i­dent of the barangay, con­cerned ci­ti­zen and gov­ern­men­tal or non-gov­ern­men­tal en­tity be­fore the con­cerned Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod or Sang­gu­ni­ang Bayan.

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